1955 AC Ace - Fully Restored- Millie Miglia Eligible For Sale
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|Chassis No: AE44|
Engine No: UMB1219
Registration No: 923 CTF
Previous owners: 4 including current.
Eligibility- Millie Miglia (pre 1957)
Of them all, the Ace was the truest sports car: it could be used for daily commuting or high-speed long-distance touring, but it could also be driven to a race meeting, campaigned with distinction, and driven home again - even if that race was the Le Mans 24 Hours.' - AC Heritage, Simon Taylor & Peter Burn.
An influential and widely imitated design, the AC Ace (and its Cobra derivative) could trace its origins back to a one-off sports-racer built by chassis engineer John Tojeiro for Cliff Davis in 1952. The success of Davis' Tojeiro sports-racer prompted AC Cars to acquire the rights to the design, which was put into production in 1954 as the Ace. The Davis car's pretty Ferrari 166-inspired barchetta bodywork was retained, as was Tojeiro's twin-tube ladder frame chassis and Cooper-influenced all-independent suspension, but the power unit was AC's own venerable, 2.0-litre, long-stroke six. Designed by AC co-founder John Weller, this overhead-camshaft engine had originated in 1919, and with a modest 80bhp (later 100bhp) on tap, endowed the Ace with respectable, if not outstanding, performance. Nevertheless, in tuned form the Ace enjoyed great success in production sports car racing, winning its class at the Le Mans 24-Hour Race in 1959. In 1954 AC added a hardtop version - the fastback-styled Aceca - and both models later became available with the more powerful Bristol engine before production ceased in 1963. Towards the end of production, the Ace was also available with the 2.6-litre overhead-valve Ford Zephyr engine installed. Only 223 cars were delivered with the 2.0-litre AC engine compared with 463 Bristol-engined cars and a further 37 Ford-powered examples.
The motorcar offered is chassis number ‘AE44’ one of the earliest production cars.
AE 44 was finished by the factory in green body colour and trimmed in beige leather fitted with the AC six-cylinder engine ‘UMB2102-H’
Ex Works on the 31st January 1955 brokered through Swanmore Garage, Bournemouth to its first custodian Mr F Richards of Poole, Dorset.
The next significant owner was MR H.E.M Russel of Danemoor, Malvern.
He was the custodian of the car from 1975-1999, during this time it was solely used for gentle road use.
Shortly after the car was marketed by The Car Centre in 1999, when passed to the most recent custodian,
They embarked on the restoration of this motorcar to the highest standard, from the ground up with a body-off restoration
We were familiar with the owner as he approached us to attend all the chassis work for the motorcar, including local repairs whilst retaining as much of the original framework as possible.
The rest of the restoration was kept to the highest standard including a full rebuild of the current engine ‘UMB1219’ by Tyler Motorsports of Kingston, Hereford.
Coachwork, paintwork and the upholstery were undertaken by our AC Heritage works based here at Brooklands.
The period livery consists of black leather interior paired period AC racing green, a fitting colour for the Ace, as we celebrate the 60th year since the AC works team won their class at Le Mans in 1959.
Please find the full specification of this nut and bolt rebuild below.
Fully rebuilt engine
Replace top half of block and machine
white metal main bearing and line bore
6 new liners and pistons (high compression)
Regrind crankshaft and balance engine parts
steel flywheel lightweight
12 stainless steel valves, bronze valves guides
12 valve inserts
performance camshaft new blank and valve springs
surface head to remove grooves and block off the waterway
12 rocker lash pads
new uprated oil pump
modified sump to prevent oil surge
new water pump
new timing chain
new spark plugs leader and holder
vernier timing gear
billet inlet manifold
new studs, bolts and nuts
front pulley conversion
rebuilt four-speed gearbox with overdrive
steering rack conversion
front disc brake conversion with braided brake lines
bespoke stainless steel side exit exhaust
upgraded SU carburettors
remote oil cooler and filter
electric fuel pump
6 x 15 wire wheels on 185/80R15 Tyres with full spare wheel
black Wilton carpet paired with Connolly leather upholstery
Everflex tonneau cover
Moto-Lita 15 inch steering wheel
Remote Oil Filter
Aluminium fuel tank
Balanced clutch assembly
New wiring loom.
Full suspension rebuild with all bushes, pins etc replaced.
As the official AC specialists, we are delighted to present AE44 to the market for the first time in two decades. Whether you desire to participate in some of the most prestigious vintage motoring events or feathering the straight-six on country roads we are sure this Ace will exceed all expectations.
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